Good vibes for Easter weekend

2017-04-13 06:00
Nduduzo Makhathini will mesmerise you with melodic vibes on Sunday.

Nduduzo Makhathini will mesmerise you with melodic vibes on Sunday.

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Jazz in the Native Yards (JINY) presents an Easter Jazz Weekend featuring Nduduzo Makhathini’s Ikhambi in concert with The Cure Collective on Saturday 15 April at Kwa Sec NY 138, no. 52 Gugulethu from 3pm.

In association with Concerts SA, JINY also brings you bassist Herbie Tsoaeli on Sunday 16 April at Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa.

Makhathini, an acclaimed pianist and a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Standard Bank Yound Artist for Jazz, will perform with saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane, the young trumpeter Robin Fassie Kock, a relative of popstar Brenda Fassie, bassist Sakheel Cullis and Asher Gamedze on drums.

Makhathini hails from Umgungundlovu near Pietermaritzburg where he was exposed to music at an early age.

“My mother was a pianist and my father a guitarist, they both exposed me to a range of music including traditional Zulu music,” says Makhathini.

He recalls turning the knob on the radio until it reached the end, where he would listen to Indian music.

Before he could lay his hands on a musical instrument, Makhathini was in a school and church choirs.

It was only after high school that he started to study jazz piano.

“I reached a point where my voice limited me from expressing the music, and that’s when I focused on the piano.”

Makhathini has toured the world and shared the stage with musicians such as Zim Ngqawana, the Feya Faku Quintet, McCoy Mrubata.

He has released three albums in his career; Sketches of Tomorrow, Mother Tongue-which was nominated for best jazz at the SAMA’s 2015- and Listening To The Ground. He is also the first recipient of the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship Masters Scholarship.

Bass player Herbie Tsoaeli has been in the jazz circuit for more than two decades. Best known as “uMalume” by his fans, he hails from Nyanga East where he first cut his musical teeth.

Since moving to Johannesburg in 1995, Herbie performed regularly with Zim Ngqawana, Bheki Khoza, Sibongile Khumalo, and the legendary South African tenor saxophonist, Winston Mankunku Ngozi and featured in Mankunku’s 2003 album, Abantwana be Afrika.

He and jazz pianist Andile Yenana played in the Voice Quintet, together with saxophonist Sydney Mnisi, and veteran drummer Lulu Gontsana and trumpeter Marcus Wyatt. They recorded an album called Voice: A Quintet Legacy.

He has toured the United States and Europe with Zim Ngqawana and has participated in a cultural exchange project with Keith Tippet and his band “Mujician”.

A recipient of the 2013 Best Jazz Album South African Music Award winner, for his debut album African Time, Tsoaeli has worked with a variety of young jazz musicians.

This time around Tsoaeli will once again perform with young musicians and has dubbed his show; “Afrikan Time Jazz Meeting with Backyard Township Ensemble.”

The band consists of Lonwabo Mafani (piano), Lumanyano Unity (drums), Steven Sokuyeka (trombone) and Robin Fassie Kock (trumpet).

Tsoaeli’s performance is supported by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit.

It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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